Daniel Radcliffe to star in 'All Quiet on the Western Front'

tv_my-boy-jackImage Credit: Patrick RedmondDaniel Radcliffe isn’t wasting any time leaping into the next stage of his career. According to Variety, the 20-year-old, who recently wrapped the eighth and final Harry Potter film, has agreed to star in a remake of the anti-war classic, All Quiet on the Western Front. The original 1930 film, based on the World War I novel by German veteran Erich Maria Remarque, became the first non-musical “talkie” to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Filming on the remake, produced and written by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson, won’t begin until 2012, after Radcliffe completes his Broadway run of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Radcliffe played a World War I soldier  in PBS’ 2008 movie, My Boy Jack (pictured), but are Harry Potter fans ready to make the leap with Radcliffe from Quidditch to the deadly trenches of the Great War? And since the project still hasn’t announced a director, is there someone from the Potter universe who might be ideal to lead Radcliffe into battle? Mike Newell? David Yates?

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  • Gregoire

    Amazing. Great book, and he’s a great casting choice for it. I never thought I’d say it, but I look forward to Daniel’s future film choices. He’s an incredibly, smart talented guy.

    • Celia

      Completely agree! I LOVE this book!! If they have to re-make the original film, which was amazing, then I’m so happy they’ve chosen DanRad for the lead role. He’s such a brilliant, charming, enigmatic young actor who will do the role justice. I was already excited to see him on Broadway again and now we have this look forward to as well. He’s already gotten his post-Potter career off to a wonderful start. His role in My Boy Jack was heartbreaking, so I look forward to seeing how he portrays Paul.

  • StewyFan

    Great book. Interesting …
    I do hope the best for Daniel. I hope that he can break out of the HP pigeonhole that he is in.

    • LOL

      He’s in no more of a pigeonhole than anyone from Twilight.

  • Ceballos

    I think each of the main HP actors very noticeably improved as the series went along. None of them improved more than Radcliffe, who very convincingly and authoratatively carries those movies now.

    It’ll be great to see him tackle this project and hopefully others like it.

  • Johnification

    Dan is picking his projects very well in my opinion. His first major break from the HP spotlight being a mature stage role, and now following the series with a role in an underrated musical classic on Broadway (where we’ll get to hear his American accent for the first time!) and now this project, it’s all giving him a very versatile foundation on which to build a career.

  • rebecca

    my brother really really wants Clint Eastwood to make this movie!!

    • Matt

      I completely agree with them: Eastwood did a fantastic job with “Flags of our fathers,” and “letters from Iwo Jima.”-two of the best war films i’ve ever seen.

  • Way to go Dan!

    He broke out of HP when he did Equus on Broadway in 2008. He won’t be solely known for HP because he CAN portray other characters.

  • Abby

    I think Daniel Radcliffe is a very appealing and talented actor, and I look forward to seeing him in non-HP roles. All Quiet on the Western Front is an amazing movie. It’ll be interesting to see what the remake is like.

  • ashley

    I think Daniel is a great actor, and frankly, i’m a bit sick of the HP films- I can’t wait to see this new film! It will be great to see him in another role.

  • Dave

    OMG, “All Quiet..” is one of my favorite films. It was one of the first talking motion pictures that was actually in motion. Before “All Quiet…,” all talking pictures did was have their characters stand around and talk. I remember a MFTV movie starring Richard Thomas (John Boy Walton) version that was absolutely amazing itself. I hope that young mister Radcliffe will be able to do the film justice. As a side note, the book was banned in Nazi Germany for its pacifist bias, that means it has to be good!

  • Cooley Horner

    This is a good choice for him. I can’t wait to see the rest of the cast.

  • Stacie

    I think people will be saying, “Radcliffe started his career portaying Harry Potter.” Just the beginning.

  • michael

    Sorry. Dan’s acting has improved over the years and he seems a nice bloke but……he just doesn’t have the depth for this kind of role. Anyway, good luck to him.

  • michael

    Sorry. Dan has improved over the years and seems a nice bloke but….he just doesn’t have the acting depth for that kind of role, as he proved in My Boy Jack. Anyway, good luck to him.

    • Johnification

      Two years is a long time for an actor, and frankly, looking at his growth over the HP films and the generally enthusiastic press he got for Equus it’s obvious that the guy trains his arse off at his craft.

      • michael

        Yes, but Dan has shown the natural acting talent required for such a role has never been there. He’s OK and I’m not a hater. Hoefullly, he’ll prove me wrong. Oh, and stage acting is a very different medium to film.

    • Celia

      He was brilliant in My Boy Jack, Equus, and December Boys and he’s only gotten better! No brilliant actor started out that way, they grow and learn and improve. That’s exactly what Daniel’s doing. For a 20 year old, I think he’s pretty freaking amazing.

    • Jeff

      Personally, I think what he proved in My Boy Jack is all the contrary, he was wonderful in it. In fact, I would guess the producers watching that movie is what made them think of him to do this one.

  • Ashley

    I love that Radcliffe is choosing such diverse roles post-Potter, especially going to Broadway in a musical. Most people think Emma Watson will have the best post-Potter acting career, but these choices make me think it will be Radcliffe

    • mscisluv

      Emma Watson has made it pretty clear that acting is not really her passion and not something she intends on pursuing. She could have a fantastic career as a fashion designer, judging from the work she has done so far.

      • Celia

        Emma never said she wasn’t passionate about acting. She said it’s a career she will pursue, but she’s also interested in other things. Which makes a lot of sense considering she was only 9 when she started acting. Emma’s currently in talks for a few movie roles according to her official site. Emma only said that she didn’t want to continue acting IF she couldn’t find roles that she felt as passionate and dedicated to as she felt about Hermione. I think that makes a lot of sense, because then she won’t be making films just for the heck of it.

    • Hannah

      I actually think Grint will eventually emerge as the top prospect of the three. I still think Watson’s future is in fashion, not acting — and I mean that as a compliment. Her clothing line is adorable and her Burberry photos show she has a talent for modeling.
      And while I’m thrilled to see Radcliffe do something as challenging and respected as AQOTWF, I can’t help but think that he’ll eventually settle into being a theater star.

      • Owen

        No offence, but no one knows what will happen in the future, your comment is merely based on speculation. Some years ago people were saying they couldn’t do even a single film outside the franchise, and they already have several under their belt.
        It shouldn’t matter who comes farder, life is not a race, it only matters they will live a happy life, no matter what they choose to do.

  • esquaredstudios

    What sort of annoys me in this article is that they suggest that HP fans will have to follow Radcliffe everywhere for him to stay famous/relevant. By doing roles he wants to do (rather than what he thinks should be done to keep HP fans interested), he’s gaining new fans. Sure, I’m an HP fan, but I won’t go into his new stuff thinking “Look, this Harry Potter kid is playing so and so.”

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